The U.S. Bankruptcy Court recently announced the shift of several towns to the Central Division of the Court. The shift applies to all cases filed on or after May 1, 2014 from the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Bellingham, Franklin, and Medway. All case types will be affected. The change should be noted in the local rules shortly.
The move is expected to balance the case load of Eastern District, located in Boston, with the Central Division, located in Worcester.
As a practical matter, Debtors will be most impacted by the change of location of their section 341 Meeting of Creditors. The Eastern Division meetings are held in Post office Square in Boston while Central Division Meetings are held at 446 Main Street, 1st Floor, in Worcester. The move will also change the US Trustee’s office that oversees the cases and change the pool of chapter 7 trustees that may be appointed to chapter 7 cases.
Chapter 13 cases from the affected cities and towns will now be overseen by Denise Pappalardo, the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee in the Central and Western Divisions, instead of Carolyn A. Bankowski, the standing trustee for the Eastern Division.
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